9/5/2003 - Kontron has introduced the powerful Intel® Pentium® M processor, part of the Intel® CentrinoTM chipset, to yet another of its embedded form factors. The new embedded ETX-PM CPU module is, to-date, the most compact board (95 mm x 114 mm) to host a Intel Pentium M processor. With 1.1 GHz performance and 1 GByte of DDR RAM, the board also is the first Computer-On-Module (COM) to be based on the new mobile processor.
Sample ETX-PM modules will be available in October 2003 and serial production is due to begin in the first quarter of 2004. The ETX-PM, Kontron┐s third embedded design in this performance class, confirmed the company's pole position in the market and its innovative leadership in the world of embedded computer development. Other Pentium M designs recently launched by Kontron include the CP306 3U CompactPCI module and the 3.5-inch JRex-PM board. Further designs are to be revealed in the near future.
Although the performance of a 1.1 GHz Pentium M processor is similar to that of a 2.0 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, its power consumption is comparable to that of a 1.0 GHz Intel® Pentium® III processor. With controllable heat dissipation, DDR-SDRAM (with ECC support) and USB 2.0, the ETX-PM introduces a completely new class of performance for embedded systems.
A revolutionary feature of ETX boards, as compared to other COM concepts, is their unique cooling principle. A heat spreader provides identical thermal coupling not only for the processor on each ETX CPU board variant, but also for the entire system. This eliminates the need for any mechanical redesigns when switching from one CPU board to the next. Thus, ETX boards are the only COM concept of their kind to offer true open scalability that does not involve any mechanical alteration. Kontron┐s ETX product line currently includes openly exchangeable modules based on the Mobile Intel® Pentium® III Processor M, VIA C3, VIA Eden and GeodeTM processors. Further features include up to 1 GByte of DDR-SDRAM memory, 10/100BaseT Ethernet, 4 USB 2.0 ports, sound, 2x EIDE (UDMA-33) keyboard, mouse, floppy disk drive or parallel port, watchdog timer and a PCI bus.
More information can be found at http://www.kontron.de/etx.
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